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THE SNOW HITS FRANCE

Much of the French Alps has had a proper dump at last. Still not on the epic proportions of Austria, but looking good & now the sun’s out. UPDATED

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It’s not been the perfect snowy January for many French resorts.
Last week some snow fell – but not in huge quantities.
Over the weekend it began to dump, and it kept going.
By Tuesday the snow had stopped and it was a bluebird day with perfect conditions.
Meribel

Meribel, Tuesday 15th January

Megeve on Tuesday….
And Morzine….
Morzine

Morzine, Tuesday 15th January

And Chamonix, where on Tuesday afternoon Rupert Fraser reports: “Glorious weather and great snow… and empty slopes!”
Chamonix

Chamonix, Tuesday 15th January – photo Rupert Fraser

And it was looking pretty special in the area at lunchtime on Wednesday too.
This is Les Houches…
See here for our latest report on the clear up operation after the unprecendented snowfalls in some parts of the Alps:
Flaine in the Grand Massif ski area reported on Monday morning that it had been snowing heavily for two days:
La neige tombe en abondance depuis 2 jours 😜 Top ! ⚠️ risque d’avalanche : 4/5 ⚠️ alors on fait attention 😉
Flaine

Flaine, Monday 14th January

It was a winter wonderland in Peisey-Vallandry, part of the Les Arcs ski area.
The resort posted several photos on Monday.
How amazing is our playground today!! Tomorrow will be a BLUE BIRD day!!! Will you come and play??
Peisey-Vallandry

Peisey-Vallandry, Monday 14th January

Arc 1950 posted this gorgeous image with fresh snow followed by sun:
Arc 1950 12th January

Arc 1950 12th January

And in Les Arcs itself…
Our friends at Snoworks Ski Courses were out on the mountain in Tignes on Tuesday morning…
Snoworks in Tignes

Snoworks in Tignes, Tuesday 15th January

It followed a lot of snow, even down to  the bottom of the Tignes ski area in Les Brevieres at 1,550 metres.

Tignes Les Brevieres

Tignes Les Brevieres webcam, Monday 14th January

Up at a higher altitude in Tignes, it’s looking even better.
The resort posted this video on Monday, reporting 50cm of snow over the weekend:
And here is Val d’Isere next door…
Val d'Isere

Val d’Isere, Monday 14th January

La Rosiere, close to the Italian border, had at least 60cm at the weekend…
La Rosiere

La Rosiere, Monday 14th January

In Megeve, they reported 30 cm of fresh snow on Sunday and it was continuing to fall.

Megeve

Megeve, Sunday 14th January

And this is Chamonix….
Chamonix

Chamonix, Sunday 14th January

This selfie video comes from PlanetSKI reader Richard Critchlow in La Plagne on Sunday:
Courchevel in Les3Vallees has got its fair share…
Courchevel

Courchevel, Sunday 13th January

Courchevel

Courchevel, Sunday 13th January

And neighbouring Meribel was looking pretty  on Sunday night as the snow continued to fall …
Meribel

Meribel, Sunday 13th January

The new snow has raised the avalanche risk, so care is needed if you’re planning to head off piste.
The avalanche safety expert Henry Schniewind of Henry’s Avalanche Talk, who is based in Val d’Isere, says there’s a real risk of remote triggering.
“Danger rating is level 4 nearly everywhere,” he said on Monday.
“”Recently we have experienced some very cold weather -20C & colder at 2000m.
“This has rotted old snow and created a very weak layer of old snow under the new snow.”
Further south in France, there’s not been as much snow, but at least there’s been some.
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This was Alpe d’Huez early on Tuesday, looking set for a beautiful day…
Alpe d'Huez

Alpe d’Huez, Tuesday 15th January

Our friends at Tip Top Ski Coaching sent us this video as they headed up the mountain in Les2Alpes on Monday morning:

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